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FFBF Sends Letter to Gov. DeSantis About Final SFWMD Board Seat

Dan Florida, Industry News Release, Water

The Honorable Ron DeSantisGovernor of FloridaPlaza Level 05, The Capitol400 S. Monroe StreetTallahassee, FL 32399-0001 Dear Governor DeSantis, On behalf of Florida Farm Bureau Federation (FFBF) and our 147,000 member families, we respectfully request that you consider filling the final South Florida Water Management Governing Board seat with someone who can represent agricultures interests. Agriculture is a primary consumptive user …

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Ag’s Past Water Quality Successes Not in Today’s SFWMD “Discussion”

Dan Florida, Water

Areas north of Lake Okeechobee can expect increased attention as debates about water-quality issues and who should do what about them continue in South Florida. At a gathering about the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Protection Plan (LOWPP) Thursday in Okeechobee, it became apparent that the vast investments the area’s farmers, ranchers and dairy producers have been making in water-quality projects for …

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Some Ag Facts Left Out of New SFWMD Discussion

Dan Environment, Florida, Water

by Gary Cooper The brand new governing board of the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is revisiting the mission of the agency that spans 16 counties with a huge network of canals, pumps, levees and structures. Agricultural interests are concerned that this new board will adopt a mission that places the environment ahead of water supply and flood protection. …

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Former SFWMD Gov. Board Member Talks Flood Control, Misinformation and Ag Concerns

Dan Environment, Florida, Water

This is the final installment in a series about the recent dismantling and complete replacement underway of the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) governing board. As the debate about South Florida’s water woes continues to grow almost as fast as the Florida population, farmers and ranchers around the state are starting to wonder what these abrupt changes at SFWMD …

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Former SFWMD Governing Board Member Notes Ag’s New Absence

Dan Environment, Florida, Water

Family farmer Sam Accursio from Homestead was among the last four remaining South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) governing board members who spoke their minds bluntly during their final board meeting last month. Accursio’s family has been farming vegetables in Homestead for generations. He says recent actions and operational decisions could indicate a change of direction for the regional flood …

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DeSantis Makes Three Key Appointments to SFWMD in Naples

Dan Environment, Florida, Industry News Release, Water

Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointments of Charlette Roman, Charlie Martinez and Cheryl Anne Meads to the Board of the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) in Naples. The Governor was joined by all three appointees as well as Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection Noah Valenstein. “I’m pleased to announce the appointments of Charlie Martinez, Cheryl Anne Meads …

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Executive Resigns, Politics Exposed at SFWMD Board Meeting

Dan Florida

Soon-to-exit South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) governing board members offered parting comments at the SFWMD governing board meeting today in West Palm Beach. The entire board was asked to resign and put under pressure to do so by Gov. Ron DeSantis and South Florida Congressman Brian Mast, who is advising the governor on agricultural and environmental issues. The resignations …

SFWMD-Get the Facts: Back Pumping

Dan Florida, Industry News Release, Water

Media outlets continue to falsely report that rare emergency pumping of water into Lake Okeechobee was orchestrated by farmers. Pumping water into the lake from the south, known as “back pumping,” is used only in extreme emergency flooding situations by the South Florida Water Management District. Neither businesses nor farms have the authority or capability to pump water directly into …

Ag Issues at South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD)

Dan Beef, Cattle, Citrus, Corn, Cotton, Dairy, Equine, Field Crops, Florida, General, Livestock, Nursery Crops, Peanuts, Pork, Poultry, Soybeans, Specialty Crops, Sugar, Vegetables

Charlie Shinn is Asst Director of Governmental Affairs for Florida Farm Bureau, and he stays up to date and on the scene at South Florida Water Management District to monitor issues important to Florida agriculture. Here are his highlights for April.